GP anger as shielding advice changed 'without warning'
GPs have hit out at a lack of warning over changes to advice for patients on shielding lists, warning that confusion could put patient safety at risk and lead to a spike in practice workload. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 1, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Hertfordshire GP trainee Dr Abdorreza Sedghi dies from COVID-19
A GP trainee working in Hertfordshire who has been praised for his ‘charisma and personality’ has died from COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - June 1, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

NHS Employers updates guidance for assessing COVID-19 risk in BAME staff
Updated guidance to help GP practices assess and mitigate the risk staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds face from COVID-19 has been published by NHS Employers. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 29, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

More than half of GP locums have seen a significant drop in income due to COVID-19
More than half of GP locums have experienced a significant fall in their income during the COVID-19 pandemic, a GPonline poll suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: GP locums Source Type: news

MPs call for expert guidance on medico-legal implications of pandemic
A group of MPs has called on the government to set up an independent expert committee to provide guidance on how medico-legal issues should be dealt with as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 28, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government launches COVID-19 test and trace service and expands testing to under 5s
The new COVID-19 NHS Test and Trace service will launch across England on Thursday and testing will be expanded to include children under 5, the government has announced. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GP practices can now sign up to new online PPE portal
GP practices will be able to register with the DHSC's new online PPE portal, which it has developed in partnership with eBay, from this week. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 27, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Significant regional variation in COVID-19 care home deaths
Care homes in London and the North of England have been hit harder by COVID-19 than those in other parts of the country, new analysis has shown. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

PHE unable to confirm it will meet deadline for COVID-19 risk report
Public Health England (PHE) has been unable to confirm if its report into how factors including ethnicity, gender and obesity affect outcomes in patients and NHS staff infected with COVID-19 will be published by its end of May deadline. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 26, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Most GPs yet to commit to network DES just days before deadline
Most GP practices have yet to sign up to the network DES for 2020/21 with just days to go until the 31 May deadline, a GPonline poll suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

LMC warns risks of PCN DES may outweigh benefits for some practices
A major LMC has warned that the risks of signing up to the network DES may outweigh the benefits for some practices days ahead of the opt in deadline. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Map: Which CCGs have the most patients shielding for coronavirus?
For GPs in some parts of England, just one in 50 patients have been asked to shield during the coronavirus pandemic - but for others the figure is close to one in 10. GPonline looks at how the proportion of at-risk patients varies across the country. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Named clinical lead in place at 100% of care homes in England after 'record' GP response
NHS England has welcomed a 'record response' from GP practices across the country in rolling out support for care homes, revealing that 100% of homes now have a named clinical lead in place. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs offered access to antibody testing from next week
GPs will be able to request COVID-19 antibody tests for themselves and patients from next week, the government has announced. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government forced into U-turn over NHS surcharge for health and care workers
Doctors' leaders hailed a moral victory as the government announced plans to scrap the immigration health surcharge on overseas health and care staff, just 24 hours after Boris Johnson insisted retaining the fee was the 'right way forward'. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 22, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

BMA slams 'postcode lottery' in protecting at-risk GPs from COVID-19
GP practices have not received sufficient practical advice on protecting at-risk staff in the COVID-19 pandemic and face a 'postcode lottery' as approaches vary regionally, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Failure to restore safe referral system leaves GPs facing unfair risk, warns BMA
GPs urgently need a safe referral system to support patients who require hospital treatment as practice workload returns to pre-COVID levels, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

Network DES extension rejected as NHS England says GPs have had 'plenty of time'
GP practices will not be granted an extension to the 31 May deadline for signing up to the network contract DES because they have had 'plenty of time' to decide, NHS England has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 21, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Over 300 NHS and care workers dead from COVID-19 as Johnson backs 'absurd' overseas levy
The government has refused to exempt overseas health and care workers from an 'absurd' NHS surcharge that can cost them thousands of pounds a year - as the prime minister confirmed more than 300 NHS and care staff have died from COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Increasing numbers of GPs suffering burnout or depression during COVID-19 outbreak
An increasing number of GPs are experiencing mental health issues as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new BMA poll. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Wellbeing for GPs Source Type: news

Revamped CSA exam requires GP trainees to submit 13 recorded consultations
GP trainees will be asked to submit 13 recorded consultations as part of a testing system set up to replace the CSA exam during the COVID-19 pandemic, the RCGP has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Patients with diabetes account for a third of COVID-19 deaths in English hospitals
The risk of death from COVID-19 is three and a half times higher for patients with type 1 diabetes and two times higher for those with type 2 diabetes, compared with people without the condition, new NHS research shows. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 20, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Long-serving Berkshire GP Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt 11th to die with COVID-19
Berkshire GP Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt has become the 11th UK GP to lose his life after contracting COVID-19 during the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 19, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Long-serving Berkshire GP Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt becomes 11th to die with COVID-19
Berkshire GP Dr Mohinder Singh Dhatt has become the 11th UK GP to lose his life after contracting COVID-19 during the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 19, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs will need to innovate to resume routine care safely, NHS England warns
GPs will have to work ‘in different ways’ to restore routine services safely over the coming weeks, NHS England has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 19, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

£20,000 golden hellos for new partners stalled by COVID-19
No GP practice in England has claimed a £20,000 golden hello for a new partner under the contract deal that took effect from April - but the offer will be backdated, GP leaders have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 19, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Experts fear dumbing down of GP training in post-COVID world
Senior doctors fear GP training could be 'dumbed down' as the profession considers how the process can be modernised to reflect changes in practice accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 18, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Guidelines for COVID-19 self-isolation expanded to cover loss of smell or taste
People experiencing loss of smell or taste have been told to self-isolate under updated government advice on COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 18, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs need resources to tackle 'inevitable' surge in demand amid tumbling A & E visits
GP practices must be given the resources they need to cope with an inevitable surge in demand for routine care during the coronavirus pandemic as patients stay away from A&E departments, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Workload Source Type: news

CQC will check in with all practices by phone or video call starting next week
CQC inspectors will begin a process of calling practices to check in with them from next week as part of a new 'emergency support framework' it is rolling out. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 15, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Coroner confirms GPs do not need to verify deaths in person
The Essex Coroner's Service has dropped a demand for GPs to verify all deaths in the county in person during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs told to review vaccine orders now as officials warn flu campaign could be expanded
GP practices have been told to review orders of flu vaccine now to prepare for the 2020/21 flu immunisation programme, ahead of a likely surge in demand triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Shift away from face-to-face GP care after pandemic could be dangerous, warns RCGP chair
Face-to-face consultations are likely to be permanently reduced after the COVID-19 pandemic - but the change must not be allowed to erode the GP-patient relationship, the RCGP chair has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 14, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Coroner's demand for GPs to verify deaths in person 'against the law' says BMA
Doctors' leaders have threatened the Essex Coroner's Service with legal action, warning that demands for GPs to verify deaths in person during the COVID-19 pandemic are illegal and put them at risk. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

NHS England to block local deals for GPs who opt out of PCN DES
GP practices in England that opt out of the network contract DES will be unable to negotiate better deals for services and funding at a local level, NHS England has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 13, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Primary care networks Source Type: news

Colleagues pay tribute as Dr Poornima Nair becomes tenth UK GP to die from coronavirus
Colleagues have paid tribute after County Durham GP Dr Poornima Nair became the UK's tenth GP to die from coronavirus and the first woman from the profession to lose her life during the pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Respected Essex GP becomes ninth to die in COVID-19 pandemic
A long-serving Essex doctor is understood to have become the ninth UK GP to lose his life to coronavirus. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

How a 'super green' practice is supporting shielded patients in the COVID-19 pandemic
GPs in Herefordshire have opened a 'super green' site to ensure high-risk patients can receive face-to-face medical care in a safe environment during the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Pregnant women no more likely to become seriously ill with COVID-19, UK research finds
Pregnant women are no more likely to become severely ill with COVID-19 than non-pregnant women, new research suggests. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 12, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Government plan for 'smarter shielding' will relax advice for some at-risk patients
Patients currently included on shielding lists could be advised that they can 'take more risk' under government plans to overhaul the system for identifying people most at risk from COVID-19. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Practices can reduce NHS 111 appointment slots if they are not used
GP practices do not have to make available the full amount of appointment slots required for NHS 111 referrals during the COVID-19 outbreak if they find only a small number are being used, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Risky plan to ease lockdown threatens second spike in coronavirus cases, warns BMA
Plans to ease lockdown unveiled on Sunday by prime minister Boris Johnson are 'too fast, too confusing and too risky' and could trigger a second wave of COVID-19 infection, the BMA has warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Practices will only be reimbursed for PPE recommended by Public Health England
GP practices who have paid for PPE out of their own funds will only be reimbursed for any kit that is recommended for use by Public Health England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Practices will only be reimbursed for PHE-recommended PPE
GP practices who have paid for PPE out of their own funds will only be reimbursed for any kit that is recommended for use by Public Health England. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 11, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Practices will not be expected to open on next bank holiday, says NHS England
GP practices will not be expected to open on the second May bank holiday 'unless there is a radical change in circumstances', NHS England has confirmed. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Practices to receive funding for additional staff costs due to COVID-19, NHS England says
Practices will be able to claim funding for any additional staff needed to deal with an increase in workload due to the coronavirus pandemic, and to cover staff absence as a result of COVID-19, NHS England has said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 8, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Practice News Source Type: news

Practices should be able to test for COVID-19, GPs say
GP practices have been 'completely left out' of coronavirus testing efforts, despite the fact that they are in contact with symptomatic patients and could conduct tests during consultations, GPs have said. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 7, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

GPs trapped between rising demand and hospitals still refusing referrals
Practices are coming under increasing pressure because patient demand is rising back to normal but many hospitals are still not accepting referrals, GP leaders have warned. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 7, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

BAME groups face two to three times higher risk of death from COVID-19
Risk of death from COVID-19 is two to three times higher for people from BAME groups compared with the general population, researchers have found. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 7, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news

Recorded assessment to replace CSA test for GP trainees
GP trainees will be able to submit video or audio recordings of consultations to complete CSA exams under plans to help doctors complete specialty training during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: GP Online News)
Source: GP Online News - May 6, 2020 Category: Primary Care Tags: Coronavirus Source Type: news